As I mentioned yesterday, President Bush has signed HR2640 into law, which we’ve debated back and forth so I’m not going to debate the merits of the bill here.
What I do want to comment on this time around is the divisiveness of this bill among anti-gun groups. The Brady Campaign is busy spinning this as a win for their group, even though they didn’t actually do anything to pass this bill. On the flip side of the coin, the VPC is mad as hell about this bill.
Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, said there was “far more bad in this bill than good,” expressing concern about a provision that could restore gun-owning privileges to some people now prohibited from purchasing firearms.
“It’s certainly not this huge victory that the Brady Campaign is making it out to be,” said Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Anything that the VPC and Josh Horwitz don’t like I automatically want to like, despite any previous statements I’ve made in support of the bill.
It does aptly demonstrate the love-it-or-hate-it nature of HR 2640 though; both for pro-gun groups and apparently anti-gun groups as well.
Just because Paul Helmke is calling this “gun control” doesn’t mean that it is. They’re trying to spin a political win here despite the fact that the bill basically funds NICS and provides a route for previously barred persons to regain their right to own firearms.